REPUB­LIC DAY MARKED WITH CEL­E­BRA­TIONS ACROSS COUN­TRY

Cel­e­bra­tions across the na­tion yes­ter­day marked the 94th an­niver­sary of the dec­la­ra­tion of the Turk­ish Repub­lic, with the main cer­e­mony held at Atatürk’s Mau­soleum in Ankara

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THE 94TH an­niver­sary of the foun­da­tion of the Repub­lic of Turkey was cel­e­brated yes­ter­day across the coun­try with of­fi­cial as well as pub­lic cer­e­monies at city and mu­nic­i­pal cen­ters. Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan, Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yıldırım and other high-level state of­fi­cials vis­ited the mau­soleum of Mustafa Ke­mal Atatürk, the founder of the Repub­lic, in Ankara.

THE REPUB­LIC of Turkey yes­ter­day turned 94, an oc­ca­sion marked across the coun­try. As with every Repub­lic Day, cer­e­monies were held at city and mu­nic­i­pal cen­ters. Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan vis­ited the mau­soleum of Mustafa Ke­mal Atatürk, the found­ing pres­i­dent of the coun­try, in Ankara early yes­ter­day, lay­ing a wreath.

Er­doğan led a del­e­ga­tion of se­nior of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yıldırım, Chief of Gen­eral Staff Gen. Hu­lusi Akar, op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) Chair Ke­mal Kılıç­daroğlu, Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) Chair Devlet Bahçeli, members of the cab­i­net, top com­man­ders, af­ter which of­fi­cial cer­e­monies be­gan in the cap­i­tal.

In the Anıtk­abir Mau­soleum book, Er­doğan wrote the Repub­lic is as strong as it was the day it was founded 94 years ago, not­ing that the way the na­tion re­sisted the coup plot­ters on July 15, 2016 demon­strated this fact.

Er­doğan’s let­ter, which was ad­dressed to Atatürk, said the na­tion was grate­ful for the in­cred­i­ble will and de­ter­mi­na­tion dis­played by the founders.

The day cel­e­brates Oct. 29, 1923, when the Turk­ish Par­lia­ment amended the con­sti- tu­tion to change the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment to a repub­lic. It con­cluded the four-year in­de­pen­dence war against sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing Greece and of­fi­cially marked the end of the Ot­toman Em­pire. Atatürk was elected as the first pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic. The day is cel­e­brated since 1025.

Cer­e­monies in Is­tan­bul took place at the cen­tral Vatan Av­enue, with Gover­nor Vasip Şahin over­see­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pres­i­dent was sched­uled to hold a re­cep­tion yes­ter­day evening at the Pres­i­den­tial Com­pound at Beştepe, Ankara. Among the guests will be ex­ec­u­tives from the pri­vate sec­tor, al­most all se­nior pub­lic of­fi­cials, but also peo­ple se­lected from the or­di­nary pub­lic. Guests in­clude Hamdu Sena Bil­gin, an 11-year-old girl whose photo of her and her dog car­ry­ing a goat and its new­born ba­bies in back­packs in heavy snow went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

A group of min­ers who re­fused to sit on the seats of a pub­lic bus to avoid dirty­ing them with their clothes are among the other guests. Fe­male en­trepreneurs, a mid­dle school stu­dent who de­signed a drone de­tect­ing buried ex­plo­sives and a woman who ded­i­cated her life to her hand­i­capped nephew for four decades will be the other guests.

Pres­i­dent Er­doğan headed a del­e­ga­tion of se­nior politi­cians and state of­fi­cials to the cer­e­mony at Atatürk’s Mau­soleum, while sol­diers in the back­ground stood at at­ten­tion.

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